PNG Ports’ pilots step up
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) has stepped up its pilotage services, making efficiency and safety at sea its number one priority.
The company prides itself for providing safe and efficient services and is well on its way to reaching new heights, thanks to a recent partnership with Puma Energy.
Puma Energy, as a PNGPCL client, purchased Portable Pilot Units (PPU) to help step up the work of PNGPCL’s marine pilots and trained six senior marine pilots how to use it.
The PPU is a portable, computer-based system that pilots bring on board vessels to use as a decision-support tool for navigating in confined waters. The PPU, using an antenna and an electronic chart display, shows the vessel’s position or movement in real-time. In addition, PPUs also provide information about the location or movement of other vessels and can also be used to display other types of navigation-related information such as dynamic water levels, current flow, and security zones.
Specifically designed and distributed by Navicom Dynamics, the PPU is the tool that will be used to navigate ships into the next generation.
This makes PNGPCL pilots a step ahead as the only certified users of the PPU in PNG and are on par with global practices.
“This means that we are in the next era of marine piloting, consistent with global practices in safe navigation of ships through confined waters,” said Capt John Ajam, a recipient of the PPU training.
“With the PPU, restricted visibility is now a thing of the past. We can also be able to bring in bigger ships and I believe our job will now be less stressful with the aid of the PPU,” he said.
“The PPU, as an additional aid, would make a big difference in the safe passage of ships, berthing, and unberthing ships,” he said.
Puma Energy joined forces with PNGPCL to provide better pilotage services because the pilots would be on board vessels transporting Puma’s highly versatile loads.
Navicom Dynamics Chief Executive, Peter Selwyn, who conducted the three-day training, said the PPU was a high technology equipment and would help pilots manoeuvre ships through the critical parts of the sea more safely and efficiently than before.
He said piloting ships through confined waters was a hazardous process and accidents were bound to happen, but with PPU, errors would be minimized with the accurate and helpful information that PPU’s pprovide.
He said about 80% of ports in Australia use the PPU as well as many countries including Korea, the United States of America, France and Middle East countries, and PNG Ports was right to choose to use the PPU.
Attending the training with Capt John were senior PNGPCL marine pilots Capt Charles Kabilu, Capt William Sioni, Capt Francis Pokary, Capt Jordal Abin, and Capt Joji Takape, as well as two Puma Energy staff.